Core exercise is one of the specialties of the Total Gym but mostly for
exercises which integrate the core with other muscle groups. The Total Gym
plank, along with any form of the plank is an exercise used for the purpose of
isolating the core. The major difference between the majority of Total Gym
exercises and the Total Gym plank is with the plank the lower the level the
Total Gym platform is on, the more difficult the exercise will be.
You can perform this version of the plank 2 different ways; You can perform
it as a static hold, where you simply have to move the platform up from the
resting position, set your arms down and hold, or a dynamic motion similar to
the stability ball dynamic plank.
If you perform the dynamic plank you have to use your core a lot more as you
move your elbows upwards, further away from your body.
As with all progressions of core exercises, you should master the most basic
exercises (in this case the floor plank & its
progressions) before you add more advanced core exercises like this one to your
workouts. Whether you use the Total Gym exclusively or in conjunction with other
pieces of equipment, the plank is a great way to strengthen your core.